posted by julie .
The MorTex Company assembles garments entirely by hand even though a textile machine exists which can assemble garments faster than a human can. Workers cost $50 per day, and each additional laborer can produce 200 more units per day (the same for each additional worker). Installation of the first textile machine on the assembly line will increase output by 1,800 units daily. Currently the firm assembles 5,400 units per day without the machine.
a. The financial analysis department at MorTex estimates that the price of a textile machine is $600 per day. Can management reduce the cost of assembling 5,400 units per day by purchasing a textile machine and using less labor? Why or why not?
b. The Textile Workers of Texas is planning to strike for higher wages. Management predicts that, if the strike is successful, the cost of labor will increase to $100 per day. If the strike is successful, how would this affect the decision in question above to purchase the textile machine. Explain.
For $600 the machine can produce 1800 units or 600/1800 = .333 per unit. For $50 the marginal worker can produce 200 units or 50/200 = .25 per unit. Which is the most cost effective?
Take it from here.